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Derbyshire dash home in run-chase

Derby, day four of four: Derbyshire 239 & 266-6 beat Essex 270 & 234-2d by four wickets
Points: Derbyshire 18, Essex 5

Jamie Pipe's explosive 36 and a composed 77 by Chris Rogers took Derbyshire to a four-wicket victory over Essex in a contrived run-chase.

The rain-hit match was heading for a draw until Essex agreed to set a target of 266 off a minimum of 65 overs.

Pipe smashed three consecutive fours off Andre Nel and Derbyshire got home with four wickets and 32 balls left.

Steve Stubbings (57) and Rogers gave Derbyshire a solid platform with an opening stand of 78.

In the morning, Essex were gifted a second-innings total of 234-2, with only John Sadler of the part-time bowlers conceding less than seven an over.

Jason Gallian, Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara all helped themselves to half-centuries.

But the total was not enough to prevent Derbyshire's first Championship victory over Essex at Derby for 10 years.

see also
Slender lead for Essex at Derby
25 Apr 08 |  Counties
Derbyshire scrap on rain-hit day
24 Apr 08 |  Counties
Bopara knock keeps Derbys at bay
23 Apr 08 |  Counties

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